Find Opportunity in the Cyber Security Skills Shortage

From Citrix and Walmart to the U.S. government, cyber attacks on large companies and organizations are a daily occurrence,1 and that vulnerability costs serious money. A 2018 study found the average data breach costs a company $3.86 million—an amount that's damaging for a large company and crippling for a smaller one.2 Even worse, large-scale data breaches could cost as much as $350 million.2

At the same time, almost 3 million cyber security positions are open and unfilled around the world.2 In response, jobs in this field are projected to grow an incredible 28% between 2016 and 2026 as companies across industries realize how urgently they need protection.3

Earn your Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) with a concentration in cyber security to tap into a plethora of opportunities and become part of the solution.

"Finally, we're seeing that nearly everyone understands security is a business-risk issue at the end of the day." – Bruno Haring, Director, Cybersecurity & Privacy, PwC; President, InfraGard Atlanta, at SecureWorld Atlanta4

Cyber Security Career Spotlights

  • Data Scientist: Ranked America's Best Job for 2019 by Glassdoor, this position has a median base salary of $108,000.5 Every industry relies on data analysis, from business and finance to healthcare and the government. Complete this concentration ready to sort through cyberattack data to find patterns, relationships and trends.
  • Security Software Developer: In this position, you'd be tasked with programming the software required to prevent, defend and respond to a variety of cyberattacks. You'd employ continual innovation as you stay up-to-date on attackers' latest methods, from denial-of-service attacks to malware, spyware and viruses. This position has an average annual salary of $83,299.6
  • Information Security Analyst: Ranked the No. 4 Best Technology Job in the Nation in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report, information security analysts identify security threats and vulnerabilities and provide organizations with cyber security solutions while earning an average annual salary of $95,510, with the top 25% of earners making $123,180.7
  • Penetration Tester: In this position, you would put your organization's cyber security infrastructure to the test, finding vulnerabilities before hackers can and keeping current on cyberattack defense methods. The average penetration tester salary is $82,257, with salaries ranging as high as $132,000.8

From 2018 to 2019,

53% of organizations reported a problematic shortage of cyber security skills.9

Companies and Organizations Hiring Cyber Security Experts in 2019

  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Boeing
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman10

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Plus, our faculty are recognized experts in the field who will ensure you graduate with the real-world knowledge you need to succeed.

Join the Fight as a Cyber Security Expert.

Take charge of your career today and gain an understanding of cyber security. Call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or request more information.

References:

1Rajagopal, A. (2019, May 6). Top 5 Security Breaches of 2019 So Far. Cyber Security Hub. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.cshub.com/attacks/articles/top-5-cyber-security-breaches-of-2019-so-far.
2Tay, S. (2019, March 5). A serious shortage of cybersecurity experts could cost companies hundreds of millions of dollars. CNBC. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/06/cybersecurity-expert-shortage-may-cost-companies-hundreds-of-millions.html.
3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019, April 12). Information Security Analysts. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm.
4Sussman, B. (2018, November 14). Top 20 Cybersecurity Quotes You Need to Hear. SecureWorld PLUS. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.secureworldexpo.com/industry-news/top-20-cybersecurity-quotes.
5Glassdoor (2019). 50 Best Jobs in America for 2019. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm.
6Payscale (n.d.). Software Engineer with Cyber Security Skills Salary. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Software_Engineer/Salary/8441b778/Cyber-Security.
7U.S. News & World Report (n.d.). Information Security Analyst Overview. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/information-security-analyst.
8Payscale (n.d.) Penetration Tester. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Penetration_Tester/Salary
9Oltisk, J. (2019, January 10). The cybersecurity job skills shortage is getting worse. CSO Online. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.csoonline.com/article/3331983/the-cybersecurity-skills-shortage-is-getting-worse.htm
10Glassdoor (n.d.) Salary: Cyber Security. Retrieved on June 11, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/cyber-security-salary-SRCH_KO0,14.htm